For me, that's a no-brainer: I'd take the music over the sound system any day...
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I'd give up the system and keep the music collection. Then, I'd sell the boombox on Ebay (assume proceeds are ~$75).
Finally, I'd hit the yard sales and find a vintage tube receiver with phono stage for $40, an abused Rega P2 for $25, and an Optimus 3400 CD for $10.
In the future, I'd save my pennies for maintenance and very small upgrades.
Gthrushl seems to think he can play games with the Devil. His soul is toast.
Your question's too easy: An audio system is useless without music, and one record is functionally equivalent to no records. So I suspect everyone will say they'd keep the music.
A more interesting question would be: how large a music collection would you need to make you choose to keep the system instead? Boombox plus unlimited records vs. audiophile system and 25 records might be a tougher choice for some people. Audiophile system plus 100 records would definitely tempt some people (me included).
Aah! the "Crossroads"-- seems like I've been there-- at least in my nightmares, and of course the movie-- great soundtrack by Ry Cooder;>) Seems like some above have changed the rules of your game, ie you specified "boombox only" for listening. As those above though, I've gotta' go with the music and hope I could find a high end boombox for less than $100.
BTW '61, it's threads like this one that make this forum interesting, so thanks. A steady diet of technical questions/concerns gets old, IMO. Cheers. Craig
Bomarc makes a very good observation. Even if I was only allowed a single record, I could be tempted if it was something like "Hendrix: Every Note He Ever Played".
BTW, you boombox would contain a CD player, cassette recorder, AM/FM, karaoke mic, graphic EQ and by special request, a detachable IEC power cord
I'd ask God in his grace and mercy to make the devil's deal null and void. He is able.
But if God chooses for me to test my resolve, I'd sell the ungodly priced system, keep the discs and have fun buying used reasonably priced equipment on audiogon. $15,000 ought to buy me 95% of the original system.
Onhwy61 - Well knowing my nature, I would have probably taken the wealth or talent over the fame and certainly can't think of any other options that would be more appealing than either of those two, even as a youth. Question is which one would it have been. Maybe I'm thinking this one too much through, but my guess is the wealth.
At the point Lucifer poses the dilemma to me, I'm sure I would have to pick the music with the boombox. Unfortunately for "hi-end listening" that would only leave me with the unlimited live music at my disposal at any venue any time any place in the world. Tough choice, but sometimes in life we have to make sacrifices.